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Members of the Mothers’ Union in The Church of the Province of Myanmar are helping alleviate suffering caused by flooding in the country. According to Reuters’ Relief Net, almost 79,000 people from four townships in the country’s Bago Region had to flee their homes after the Swar Chaung dam was breached at the end of August. This was the latest of five serious flooding events that have hit Myanmar in the past two months. In total, some 100,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since July.
“We don’t want to face this anymore,” the Community Development Coordinator for the Diocese of Hpa-an, Naw Lynn, said. “It’s the worst it’s ever been. It is a very desperate situation.”
Mothers’ Union members and young people from the diocese are delivering food, clean water and bags of rice to those whose homes have been flooded as well as people who are stranded and are unable to leave their homes. The only way to get around the area at the moment is by boat because all the roads are badly flooded. “Boats are very expensive to buy so one of our branches has made a boat from bamboo until they are able to purchase another boat,” Naw Lynn said.
MU members are raising money from church collections throughout the diocese and plan to continue assisting the communities long after the relief effort in helping them with the rehabilitation process.
The Mothers’ Union in Myanmar celebrated its centenary in 2014. Today it has more than 8,600 members and is described as “a strong, dynamic and engaged group of members reaching out to their communities.”
A spokeswoman based at the international headquarters of the Mothers’ Union said that “Their outreach work includes projects such as: savings and credit groups, care for the elderly, vocational skills training, parenting programmes, orphan care programmes, health aware programmes and campaigning against gender based violence.”